Welcome to my Lessons learned from remodeling journal. I thought it would be fun and instructive to share our remodeling journey week by week. I hope you can learn from what we do right- and more importantly from what we mess up!
What felt like a lot of work over the past week and change has signified nothing. There’s still no progress on the permit and we still don’t have a main contractor hired after 12 interviews.
Lessons learned from remodeling: Downside Roulette
The main problem is that every contractor has one glaring downside and we have to decide which downside is the easiest to accept.
- Kidney guy is supposed to get me a quote today. Absent selling a body part his firm has no downsides. (Update: the quote came in and it’s more like a kidney plus a spleen.)
- Firm B (we’ll call him Busy guy) we liked quite a bit. He has an A on Angie’s list and even offered us a fifteen percent discount. The quote he gave us was within the realm of reality even before the discount. He owns his own crews who have worked with him for years- one is even father and son. His downside? He can’t start till February and told us our project would take 13 weeks when everyone else is quoting 6-8.
- Contender C (we’ll call him Loosey Goosey) was recommend by a friend. We knew he was more of a handyman than a general contractor. However, we didn’t realize exactly how casual an arrangement that would entail until he showed up to our house with a friend. The friend, who was a carpenter (I think?) then would subcontract out a plumber and electrician. Of course this is a lot less money, but also sends the potential for screwups skyward.
If you had to pick: would you go with either, keep looking or look into dialysis?
Lessons learned from remodeling: 29 Pounds of Hotel Soap is an upside?
Well, no and yes. No, because I’m embarrassed to admit that I found 29 pounds of excess hotel soap lying around the house. Yes, because it is outta here, along with three carloads of other various junk. With the Pod arriving on Thursday I’m trying to empty out shelving so I can get it into the unit. I have a rule- nothing goes into the Pod unless we know where it’s going post remodel.
The kids are home for the next two weeks which makes getting anything done that much more challenging.
Santa Baby, stick a permit under the tree for me…
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